Many noted the irony of the title of Fox’s sophomoric sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, since the young show was sandwiched between the network’s two heavy hitters, “The Simpsons” and “The X-Files”. But just over a year since its premiere, the show has blossomed to gaining a solid popularity of its own. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has certainly noticed the rise of the show since its rewarding it with a season one box set on DVD this October.
With a catchy theme by They Might Be Giants, a few departures from reality, and enough gross-out humor to appease any twelve year old boy, Malcolm and his family spend the first year of the series dealing not so much with the hardships of life as the hardships of living with each other.
The first season set seems to mirror the successes of previous Fox sets. All the episodes from the series will be presented in fullscreen with remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks. Extras include an extended pilot episode, several audio commentaries, deleted footage and a blooper reel.
Priced at $39.95, the first season will be available on October 28th. And for those who still feel the show must be between Simpsons and X-Files can clear the appropriate space on their DVD shelves.